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Activity Trackers: For Real or Just a Fad?

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Do you wear an activity tracker?  A Fitbit?  Something by Garmin or another manufacturer?  If you do, has it changed your behavior for the better?  Lose weight?  Increase your activity at all?  What brand/product do you like or dislike?  I'm considering buying one but I'm not convinced it will help me more than entertain me.  Thank you for your helpful comments!

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I wear a Fitbit Charge HR and have lost 10 pounds since I started wearing it.  More importantly, I have kept it off for over six months.  Needless to say I'm a big fan.  It has been a catalyst to change my behavior, but it did not magically help me lose weight or become more healthy.  I still needed to do the things that everyone knows you're supposed to do - watch what you eat, get more exercise, get enough sleep.  What the Fitbit does is give me a handle on my overall fitness and a means to take control.  I think its a great device.

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I wear a Fitbit Charge HR and have lost 10 pounds since I started wearing it.  More importantly, I have kept it off for over six months.  Needless to say I'm a big fan.  It has been a catalyst to change my behavior, but it did not magically help me lose weight or become more healthy.  I still needed to do the things that everyone knows you're supposed to do - watch what you eat, get more exercise, get enough sleep.  What the Fitbit does is give me a handle on my overall fitness and a means to take control.  I think its a great device.

 

Congrats on your success, DB...well done! :beercheer:  Is it safe to say that the Fitbit made you more aware of the need to eat clean and be more active?  And give you instant feedback on your steps, calories, etc.?

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Yes.  It makes me more aware as its sitting on my wrist all the time. With the various goals I can set, I find that I'm more likely to get up and walk around or take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Also logging my food throughout the day helps me from overeating.

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